The Alert Programme

“If your body is like a car engine, sometimes it runs on high, sometimes it runs low, and sometimes it runs just right”.

The staff team at Meadow High School have been trained in the ALERT Program for Self-Regulation.  Self-regulation is the ability to attain, change, or maintain an appropriate level of alertness for a task or situation - the ALERT program talks about our ’engines’ running too slow (lethargic, droopy, always tired) or too fast (hyperactive, unable to sit still, fidgety), and how our engine speed can change during the day. We use the principles of the ALERT program to help our pupils be in a ‘just right’ state of alertness so they can listen and learn in class, and be able to access the curriculum as fully as possible.

Use of the ALERT Program principles in our school may include: regular movement breaks during lessons, use of the ‘engine vocabulary’ when discussing difficulties in class, provision of equipment such as fidgets and seating options, and the creation of ‘sensory diets’ that give strategies for a pupil to self-regualte and keep their engine ‘just right’ throughout the school day.

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